Van Cleave shines as Bears place second, fourth at UAA Championships
The Washington University swimming and diving team competed in the UAA Championship this weekend. Many individual Bears swam to top finishes over the four-day competition as the men and women’s teams placed second and fourth, respectively.
Senior Kevin Van Cleave was named UAA men’s swimmer of the year. Van Cleave posted seven all-UAA finishes and placed first in the 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. On Saturday, Van Cleave posted a 2:00:49 in the 200-meter breaststroke, his season best time and an NCAA Division III B Cut time.
Senior Brandon Lum also managed to post a top time in the championship. Lum swam the 200-meter butterfly in 1:47.71 to place first on Saturday.
Other Bears posting B Cut times were freshmen Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Grace Carey, Barclay Dale, Kevin Hao, Nathan Katz, Rick Reinhard, and Jack Smithson; sophomores Sabrina Baxamusa and Elle Pollitt; juniors Max Cardwell, Catherine Cowin, Simon Deshusses, Stephanie Li, Michael Perry, Mollie Seidner, Chase Van Patten and Peyton Wilson; and seniors Andrew Pek and Lauren Sapp.
The Bears will continue their season next weekend, Feb. 22-23, at the Midwest Invite in Chicago.